Sarasota Modern Architecture

What is Sarasota Mod Weekend

“There’s a reason a handful of communities in the world stand out for architectural innovation. Sarasota’s one of them. You really do have to see it to believe it.”

— Carl Abbott FAIAAmerican Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture


Sarasota MOD Weekend 2019 Sarasota Architectural Foundation


What is SarasotaMOD?

Sarasota architecture truly has something special.

SarasotaMOD Weekend 2019 gives us a highly unique opportunity to bring a 21st century encore to the Sarasota Modern movement, which flourished from 1941-1966.

Featured in the New York Times, Dwell Magazine, and Architectural Digest, the 6th annual event is presented by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, which brings awareness of the Sarasota School of Architecture (also known as Sarasota Modern) movement “helping to preserve or rehabilitate its irreplaceable buildings and demonstrating its relevance to the contemporary built environment.” The organization works with government leaders, awards scholarships, and presents ongoing films, lectures, and tours educating the community.

Learn more about the foundation here.

The Sarasota School of Architecture is a regional style of post-war modern architecture that emerged on Florida’s Central West Coast, specifically focused in Sarasota, Florida. A Sarasota Modern home is often “characterized by open-plan structures, often with large planes of glass to facilitate natural illumination and ventilation, that address the unique indigenous requirements of the regional climate”. Several of the Sarasota Modern pioneering architects’ careers were launched by this style and several important buildings remain today.

Check out more on the Sarasota School of Architecture below!


What are the must sees?

This year’s theme is Sarasota in the Sixties instead of highlighting on architect, they are entertaining a broader range of features of that decade. The weekend is chock full of fun events. Here are some of our favorites!

SarasotaMOD Weekend Opening Party, $50

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  • The Sarasota Modern (map)

Kick off SarasotaMOD Weekend at The Sarasota Modern, a downtown luxury boutique hotel. Capture the spirit of “Sarasota in the Sixties” at our poolside party with music by The Shindigs, a Beach Boys tribute band. You and your guests will enjoy a fun, hip 1960s vibe and decor, photo booth, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and valet provided by The Sarasota Modern Hotel, the Official Hotel of SarasotaMOD Weekend. This event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early.


Saturday Morning Program: “Sarasota in the Sixties”, $50

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  • Holley Hall (map)

*Includes Breakfast

Join SAF as it explores Sarasota’s development in the 1960s. The morning begins with the screening of a wonderfully retro promotional short “David of Sarasota,” produced by the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce in 1965. Native Floridian John McCarthy, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Heritage Association and Historic Spanish Point, will provide a colorful overview of the town during this this decade, followed by a panel of architects and historians moderated by Christopher Domin, co-author of “Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses.” The morning will finish with a talk by Sarasota School architect Frank Folsom Smith, providing insight into his work of the 1960s. Special thanks to SAF’s educational program partner, the Sarasota Art Museum.

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Lido Shores Self-Guided Walking Tours $50 (can also be bundled with the Umbrella House and Hiss Studio for $75)

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  • Lido Shores (map)

After a hiatus in 2018, this tour is back by popular demand, with returning favorites and new gems to explore. Lido Shores was developed by Philip Hiss, who designed many of the early houses and also commissioned local architects such as Tim Seibert, Ralph and William Zimmerman and Paul Rudolph. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Lido Shores as you stroll through the neighborhood, a midcentury modern gem itself. Interiors of many private homes will be accessible to ticket holders.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please note: timed tours of the Umbrella House and Hiss Studio must be purchased with ticket bundle.

The Nautilus Homes team will be volunteering to help out with these as well so come and say hello to us! Also, check out our brand new build at 1240 Westway Dr. right in the middle of the tour!


Yoga at the Umbrella House $30

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  • Lido Shores (map)

Experience a rare opportunity to salute the sun at what Architectural Digest named “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century.” Yoga practice led by Kris Galea, Yoga From The Heart.

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“Making Your Mid-Century Modern an Architectural Gem” Sunday AM Panel Discussion, FREE EVENT

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  • BOTA Center (map)

Join SAF and visit our friends at Hive Architects at the BOTA Center in the Rosemary District, as we provide ideas about how to save a mid-century modern structure and bring it up-to-date. The panel will include the BOTA Center’s developer and architects, as well as local homeowners who have updated their homes with today’s tastes in mind. Learn about the architectural gems of Sarasota — the celebrated structures we know and love, as well as the hidden treasures. What are the features that characterize mid-century modern homes in southwest Gulfcoast Florida? How can these homes be adapted for today’s challenges without compromising their original designs? Learn how to preserve your architectural treasure from homeowners, architects and builders who will share their stories as well as offer ideas and practical advice.

“Sunset at Plymouth Harbor” MOD Closing Party $100

As the sixth annual SarasotaMOD draws to a close, join us at the innovative Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay. Plymouth Harbor, designed in 1966 by Frank Folsom Smith and Louis S. Schneider, serves as a fantastic backdrop for the SAF’s “Sarasota in the Sixties” closing party. A great opportunity to end SarasotaMOD Weekend and enjoy an amazing sunset on Plymouth Harbor’s pool terrace. Light bites, drinks, 1960s entertainment, tours of Plymouth Harbor and more await at this landmark piece of architectural history in Sarasota.

There are tons of tours including trolley tours around downtown, Siesta Key, Southgate, tours of the Cocoon House and the Revere Quality House. There is truly something for everyone interested in Sarasota history and architecture.


How do I sign up?

You can get your tickets here!

We want to thank the Sarasota Architectural Foundation for putting on this event, and we really look forward to putting our time and energy into honoring the history and unique architecture of Sarasota.

Happy SarasotaMOD weekend!

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Sarasota Ranks #3 on Top 5 Hottest Markets for Second Homes


According to the Christie’s Luxury Real Estate Marketing report 2018,


“Luxury is… A word too often used by anyone with goods or services to sell. It gives branding agencies heartburn because of its overuse and the consumer’s resulting lackluster response, which defeat the very purpose of the word. ‘Luxury’ needs to be reimagined. Rather than a banal adjective for anything costly or fine, it should be considered as a noun, more in terms of ‘having the luxury of’ something that we aspire to obtain.”


We couldn’t agree more. What says “having the luxury of something we aspire to obtain” more than having a spot to call your own in your favorite place in the world? Where in the world are the spots people want to be on their “off time” in a second home? The report boasts Sarasota, Florida as #3 on the list of top five hottest markets for second homes.


Secondary Hottest Markets Christie's Luxury Real Estate Report 2018


Also making the list were:

With its white beaches, tropical temperatures, a robust arts, entertainment, and shopping scene – it’s no wonder Sarasota has risen through the ranks as America’s favorite spot for a second home.

With all of these features, it may pleasantly surprise you that Sarasota has one of the lowest average luxury real estate prices of 2018. The average price of a luxury home in Sarasota was $1.7 million compared with $340,000 in the average home price in the same area. Topping the chart for average luxury real estate price was Monaco at $5.6 million while Lake Tahoe, Greenville, and Turks & Caicos hold the bottoms spots at just $1.4 million.


While we know Sarasota is also a perfect place to have a primary residence (after all, we call it home!), here are the chart toppers for hottest luxury primary markets with Victoria, British Columbia charging the top (now on our travel bucket list) and Paris, France holding spot number 5.



We are proud of Sarasota for receiving the recognition that it deserves! If you are interested in building a second (or primary) home in Sarasota, we are happy to have a conversation and guide you in the right direction!



Rio Vista Estates

Nautilus Homes Named to Exclusive Preferred Builder Team

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Nautilus Homes Named to Exclusive Preferred Builder Team

Nautilus Homes is honored to have been chosen among the exclusive, preferred builders to construct homes in Rio Vista Estates, the third and final phase of the award-winning The Islands on the Manatee River community.

The Best of The Best
The Islands on the Manatee River is renowned for its homes of architectural excellence. In the last four years, the community has garnered award-winning accolades for its model homes from Parade of Homes, as presented by the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry. In being named among the exclusive builder team for Rio Vista Estates, Nautilus Homes has been recognized as a local, experienced and talented custom home builder that understand and share the vision of The Islands as a community of elegance, style and exceptional quality.

What to Expect
With 65 estate-sized waterfront homesites, Rio Vista Estates boasts picturesque harbors and navigable access to the Manatee River and onward to the Gulf of Mexico. Adding to the appeal of Rio Vista Estates is the architectural flair of the Caribbean. Each of the preferred builders will offer custom-suited homes in varying shades of white, with metal and barrel tile roofs, tropical landscaping and distinguishing architectural details. All homes will carry a Spanish Colonial and traditional or modern West Indies design.

In Ryan’s Words
Best Home Builder in Sarasota FL“We are thrilled to be among the sought-after homebuilders trusted to ensure the most innovative, distinguished neighborhood of The Islands on the Manatee River comes to life with the vision, refined style and quality of its developers,” said Ryan Perrone, owner of Nautilus Homes. “We take pride in our craftsmanship and attention to detail, and look forward to working with homeowners to make the construction process both seamless and enjoyable.”

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BuilderFest 2018 Tackles Effect of New Tax Law on Building a Home in Sarasota

Nautilus Homes president Ryan Perrone was a panelist during the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s second annual BuilderFest event, held Saturday, February 23, 2018. This year’s event focused on the effects of the new federal tax laws and was titled “Home Building (and Owning) in a New Tax Climate.”

The panel was moderated by Harold Bubil, former real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune, who frequently writes, lectures, and gives tours celebrating real estate and architecture in southwest Florida. (Read Mr. Bubil’s column about the event, here.) Mr. Bubil posed many questions of this panel and several other panels held on varying topics throughout the day-long event. Topics covered included whether or not the new tax law will heal or hurt local property values, and whether it might motivate residents of New York and other high-tax states to move to Florida (which does not have a state income tax).

During Ryan’s panel, Mr. Bubil posed questions about the cost of construction in the southwest residential market, and as part of a larger conversation Ryan commented that “Cost is the difference between value and expense … our clients are essentially developers and we can help guide them to create valuable projects.” Recognizing the tremendous investment homeowners make in their residences, and helping clients maximize the fullest value for that investment, is a Nautilus Homes specialty.

The audience was encouraged to ask questions as well, and when one audience member asked how builders deal with the current labor shortage being experienced by the construction industry at large, Ryan talked about his experience with the local chapter of the ACE Mentor Program of America, which inspires high school students to pursue careers in construction, design, engineering, and architecture.

Ryan, who visits Sarasota’s Riverview High School once a week to meet with students and give them real-world insights into the hard work and opportunities of the design and building industry, told the BuilderFest crowd, “I work with the ACE program to inspire young people to go into this industry and to show them that they can make a great living while having the freedom of their own business and the pride of having a craft.”

Designing Your Sarasota Home For Resale

It’s a Sarasota design question we are almost invariably asked. It goes something like this: “We don’t foresee ever selling this home but if we decide to we want to make sure we are building it to be marketable. Is there something we should be doing that we are not? Is there something we are doing that we shouldn’t?”


To create a home that is marketable on the high end isn’t difficult but does take experience. You want to understand the family that would consider the home, you also want to think about how tastes may change over time. There is a formula that we have followed and our clients have been very successful with. If you track the homes that we have built which have gone up for resale you’ll find that they beat the market, significantly in most cases. The same goes for the homes we’ve built on speculation, there’s a formula that just works.


Purchasing a desirable piece of land is important, not just in terms of the property itself but the location, the desirability of the area and the appeal of the neighboring properties on the street. This takes some local knowledge but it also takes some experience. When we seek out properties for our own company we seek out properties which are special in one way or another. Recently we purchased a single parcel of land on Bird Key, we divided it into two lots because a single canal front property on Bird Key had never sold for the price we needed to get for it. The property was special because it looked directly down the canal rather than across a narrow canal at another property, Bird Key has been very sought after for a long time now and these things combined with the price we were able to get it for made it a winning situation.

Design is critical though, and in the scheme of things equal to if not more so than location. I know this is counter to the commonly held belief but hear me out. I keep pretty close tabs on the real estate market here. Location is of little consequence if you choose poor design. Good design will always have a tough fight against a poor location. The synergy of a great design in a great location pays off not just when you go to sell but in the general enjoyment of your home.


So, design is important, we get it. Well, choosing the right design style and engaging the right architect is critical as well. At the end of what I like to call the “Mediterranean era” we would have clients come into our office and when we’d ask them what they wanted to build the consensus was “anything but Mediterranean”. Now for the record, I find the Mediterranean style beautiful in all of its subsets, done right I think its one of the most adaptable and fun architectural styles there is. The problem is, these people were referring to the “bastardized” Mediterranean style, the ones that were being built by track homebuilders who really didn’t take the time to understand the architectural style, the details or anything else about the homes they were building. Because they aren’t timeless, they age. They were a trend and now they are difficult to sell. Some of their hallmarks were a skip troweled stucco finish, large every fake looking and almost always out of scale foam “gingerbread”, aluminum soffits, poorly scaled and designed entryways the list goes on and on. When you can tie a home to a decade, it becomes hard to sell, when a home is timeless its very easy to attract buyers.


For resale, especially if its a long way off design needs to be timeless and I cannot stress enough the value of a talented architect. There are things that can be done to create a home that makes it easier for a future buyer to decide on. We’ve made accommodations for future elevators in homes where the owners had no intention of ever having one. We’ve made homes handicapped compliant. We’ve built 3 bedroom homes for clients who never planned on having guests stay the night. The idea is to envision the potential future buyer. They probably aren’t that different from you but perhaps you may want to add another bay in their garage for what may be their car collection, the extra space isn’t going to hurt you! And definitely research and hire a great architect for a great Sarasota design. The people who are putting it all together have to be great too so make sure to give us a call!

The Market Heats up for Custom Homes in Sarasota

Whether you are looking for a cozy beachfront bungalow on the sandy shores of St. Armands or a home that gives your entire family room to spread out on Longboat, finding the property you are looking for can be difficult in the hot Sarasota real estate market. With a high demand for gorgeous homes and a very limited amount of inventory to choose from, it is easy to see why an increasing number of home buyers are opting to custom build their new home.

A Look at the Sarasota Housing Market Numbers

According to Redfin, 530 single family homes and 242 condos sold in the Sarasota area in April 2015. This is a 2.6% increase from March and an 11.4% increase from the previous year. Currently, the median selling price for single family homes is $236,000 (up 13.3% from 2014) or $138 per square foot (7.8% from 2014). Sellers are getting an average of 96.3% of their original asking price. Homes in the Sarasota area are typically on the market for 157 days before a sale is complete. Overall, homes in Sarasota are selling and they are selling fast for top dollar.

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